Rise of the Planet of the Apes is expected to take over this weekend’s box office. Many insiders are split with how the movie will draw, but most are predicting within the $40-$60 million range. During its midnight opening on Friday, the movie was able to rake in an initial $1.25 million.
What doesn’t have box office analysts split this weekend, however, is that the film starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgo, and Brian Cox is expected to dominate this weekend’s box office. Its only other major opening opponent this week is the premiere of Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman comedy film, The Change-Up, which doesn’t have such a great projection. Many are predicting that the latter movie will be lucky to crack the top five, with many forecasting that it’ll be behind week two of The Smurfs and Cowboys & Aliens with as well as week two of Captain America: The First Avenger. The Change-Up is expected to garner anywhere from $12-$16 million.
Comparing it to the last Apes film — which was exactly ten years ago, starring Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, and Helena Bonham Carter — the movie was able to rake in $68.5 million during its initial weekend and went on to generate $180 million domestically and $362 million worldwide.
UPDATE: Rise of the Planet of the Apes reportedly generated $18 million on Friday, and is currently on track to earn somewhere in the mid-$40 millions by the end of the weekend, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That would still be down quite a bit from the opening weekend of its predecessor in 2001, as noted above.
Elsewhere, The Change-Up didn’t get early good news as it only brought in $4.5 million, which means the aforementioned numbers will likely be the range that it falls within, but it doesn’t mean that the numbers aren’t disappointing.